MANSFIELD — Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a Sunday robbery that involved a Craigslist advertisement.
The teen is charged with aggravated robbery with a gun specification. He is being held at the Richland County Juvenile Justice Center.
A 48-year-old man told police Sunday afternoon that he was responding to a Craigslist ad for an iPad Air on sale for $225.
The man met two male teenagers on the south side of Malabar Intermediate School. One of the teens reportedly handed the man the iPad so he could make sure it worked.
While he was inspecting the device, the man told police, the second teen pointed a black-and-silver semiautomatic handgun to his head and told him to give him the money.
Both teens ran after taking the money. The man told police he chased the teens in a vehicle through a field until they reached a tree line.
“Nobody was injured. No shots were fired,” Mansfield police Lt. Doug Noblet said. “He just brandished the handgun during the transaction.”
Police still are searching for the weapon.
“The kid is claiming the gun is not real,” Detective Chris Brunk said. “He said he tossed it along the tree line on Elmridge (Road).”
Brunk is asking anyone who finds the gun not to touch it, but instead to call police.
Police also are looking for anyone involved in a similar situation involving a Craigslist ad.
“There was a second incident that was reported after this one; however, there was no actual crime,” Noblet said. “The buyer did not feel good about the transaction, so she left the area.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Brunk at 419-755-9766